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  • [Former Jesuit Superior] Kolvenbach of the Opinion that Jorge Bergoglio, Francis, Is a Sociopath..

    11/30/2016 6:28:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Gloria TV reports: "Last Saturday, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach died in Beirut, Lebanon. He was the Superior General of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008. Kolvenbach allegedly wrote to the Vatican recommending that Jorge Mario Bergoglio not be made archbishop of Buenos Aires because he was emotionally unstable and temperamentally unreliable. John Paul II promoted him anyway, believing that liberal Jesuits were unduly prejudiced against Bergoglio because he had been unsympathetic to Liberation Theology. Bad Relationship: As the Argentinean provincial of the Jesuits, Bergoglio did not form as warm a relationship with the superior general, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, as he...
  • San Diego Bishop Bans Outspoken Pro-Life Priest from Writing Bulletin Columns

    11/30/2016 6:06:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    SAN DIEGO, California, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ordered a pastor to cease publishing columns in his church's weekly bulletin after the priest wrote in support of the Catholic Church's teaching on intrinsic evils and took strong stands on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching. Father Richard Perozich of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church first came under fire this fall when inserts appeared in his parish bulletin that said it's a "mortal sin" to vote for pro-abortion Democrats. The fliers pointed out the Democratic Party’s official support for such intrinsic evils and warned Catholics they...
  • The Fastest-Growing Churches Have Modern Worship, Teach Literal Interpretation of the Bible: Study

    11/30/2016 2:41:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 365 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    A Canadian study has found that Mainline Protestant churches that have both modern worship services and teach a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster. (Photo: Reuters/John Gress)A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing 20,000 or more on a weekend, offer not just a vast, shared attraction but a path that tries to link individuals on a faith-sustaining one-to-one level beyond the crowd, observers and worshipers say.The Canadian researchers who authored...
  • Abortion Doc Willie Parker: “My Christian Mind” Tells Me to Oppose Trump and Do Abortions

    11/30/2016 7:42:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Abortionist Willie Parker has given himself a reputation for using the Bible to defend killing unborn babies. In a new column for Broadly, Parker reflected on the results of the presidential election and compared his situation to that of the biblical character Job, who suffered intense pain and loss inflicted by Satan. When Parker woke up the morning after the election, he said two thoughts went through his head: “My Christian mind remembered the words of Job as his trials unfolded: ‘That which I have feared greatly has come upon me.’ My cultural bluesy, soulful music-loving brain remembered the opening...
  • The Pope Has Already Answered the Four Cardinals’ Questions, Says Fr Spadaro

    11/29/2016 5:13:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/29/16 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Spadaro said the dubia had already been addressed in depthFr Antonio Spadaro has said that the questions raised by four cardinals following the publication of Amoris Laetitia, have already been answered. The editor-in-chief of La Civilta’ Cattolica, was commenting on the dubia submitted to the Pope by Cardinals Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner in September, which the Pope has not yet answered. In an exclusive piece for CNN, Fr Spadaro said that the apostolic exhortation had created an “open and honest debate.” He said: “During the Synod, all of the necessary responses were given and...
  • Next Synod Will Discuss Lack of Vocations, Says Pope Francis

    11/28/2016 5:57:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/28/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said vocations exist, but need to be proposed in the right wayPope Francis has said the next synod will discuss the decline in priestly vocations. In a conversation with Jesuits published by the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope said: “With regard to local vocations, I say that the vocational decline will be spoken of at the next Synod. I believe that vocations exist, you just have to know how to propose them and how to attend to them.” The next Ordinary Synod will be held in October 2018, on the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocation”....
  • In Latest Interview, Pope Attacks "Rigidity" in Seminaries and in Priestly Formation. Are Seminaries

    11/28/2016 5:19:07 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 28, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full Title:For the Record - In Latest Interview, Pope Attacks "Rigidity" in Seminaries and in Priestly Formation. Are Seminaries Soon to be Targeted for "Reform" by Francis? It is extremely difficult to keep up with the unending barrage of words from Pope Francis. One interview after another, press conferences, speeches, letters, phone calls, off-the-cuff remarks, daily homilies... the endless flow of words results in people knowing not so much what the Pope has exactly said on this or that topic, but rather the general run of this Pope's thinking and the main themes of his stated policies. Rather than being...
  • Pope Taps Tallahassee Bishop to Lead St. Petersburg Diocese

    11/28/2016 5:06:51 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 28, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 28, 2016 / 05:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee as the new head of the St. Petersburg diocese, where he will take over as their fifth bishop. “I am filled with joy that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Parkes as the new Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg,” the diocese’s outgoing bishop, Bishop Robert Lynch, said in a Nov. 28 press release announcing Parkes’ appointment. He invited faithful in both St. Petersburg and in Pensacola-Tallahassee to join him “in offering prayers of thanksgiving...
  • Catholic Priest at Centre of Gay Mafia Row Under Pressure to Quit Church Job [Scotland]

    11/27/2016 7:04:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Record (Scotland) ^ | 11/27/16 | Lynn McPherson
    Father Matthew Despard had written a book about a powerful gay mafia in the Catholic Church in Scotland and is set to resign after pressure from the bishop.A Catholic priest at the centre of a gay mafia row is being pressurised to resign as parish priest after a three-year battle with the church. Father Matthew Despard was sent a three-page letter from Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Toal, calling for him to quit his post at St John Ogilvie’s Parish in Blantyre. Father Despard wrote a book claiming that a “powerful gay mafia” was operating at the top of the Catholic...
  • First Meeting of Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women

    11/26/2016 2:31:17 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 25, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In my email a Communiqué of the Holy See Press Office Today, November 25, 2016, the first meeting of the Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women took place. This commission was established by the Holy Father on August 2 with the purpose of doing an objective study on the situation in the early Church. Chaired by Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Commission members will meet in morning and evening sessions over two days in the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. So, their slow...
  • Vatican Commission on Female Diaconate Holds First Meeting

    11/26/2016 2:17:06 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 25, 2016 | Philippa Hitchen
    (Vatican Radio) The Vatican announced on Friday that the newly established commission for the study of the female diaconate was holding its first meeting at the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The two day meeting brings together the 12 members of the commission, under the presidency of Jesuit Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, who also serves as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the morning and afternoon sessions, members will study the situation of women deacons in the early centuries of Church history. Pope Francis announced the setting up of...
  • Baby Boom Continues in Republic of Georgia; 600 Baptized at Orthodox Cathedral

    11/26/2016 2:04:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    LifeSite News ^ | November 23, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    TBILISI, Georgia, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Orthodox Patriarch of Georgia hosted a mass baptism last week for 600 children "born again" into Christ at Tbilisi Trinity Cathedral. A video of the Christian initiation — complete with crying babies and parents' faces full of unspeakable joy — has gone viral, with 9.2 million views, 74,000 shares, and 26,500 comments. The mass baptism is the brainchild and work of Patriarch Ilya, one of the most influential leaders in the country and of Georgia's Christians since the 1970s. Facing a post-Soviet abortion rate that was rapidly depleting the population, Ilya started...
  • Pope: Eternal Damnation "Is Not a Torture Chamber", but Being Eternally Distant from God

    11/25/2016 3:22:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 83 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/25/16
    Never talk with the devil, he is a "liar" and "swindler", "seeking our ruin" and for "this will be thrown into the abyss." If "we open our hearts", as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "joy and salvation."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Eternal damnation "is not a torture chamber," but distance for ever from God, from the "God who gives happiness". But if "we open our hearts," as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "the joy and salvation” said Pope Francis at Mass this morning in Santa...
  • Francis Praises Major Humanae Vitae Dissenter in Rebuke of ‘White or Black’ Morality

    11/24/2016 6:28:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/24/16 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, November 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has praised the 1960s German moral theologian Bernard Häring, one of the most prominent dissenters from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, for his new morality which the pope said helped “moral theology to flourish.” "I think Bernard Häring was the first to start looking for a new way to help moral theology to flourish again," he said in comments, published today by La Civiltà Cattolica, that were given during a dialogue with the Jesuit order which was gathered for its 36th general Congregation on October 24, 2016 in Rome. Pope...
  • Catholic Caucus: In celebration of Black Catholic History Month

    11/24/2016 6:04:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    usa catholic ^ | Caitlyn Schmid
    Did you know that November is Black Catholic History Month?This month, we’re honoring the men and women from Africa who have pioneered the faith! Many forget that Christianity didn’t start in Europe. Black Catholics have had a huge impact on the history and traditions of Christianity. The church has been celebrating Black Catholic History Month since 1990 when the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States instigated it. November seemed appropriate because it holds special days for two prominent African Catholics: St. Augustine whose birthday is on November 13, and St. Martin de Porres whose feast day...
  • Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You For All Your Blessings This Election Season & Help PE Trump

    11/24/2016 3:58:51 PM PST · by Sontagged · 48 replies
    November 24, 2016 | Vanity
    Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You for all of Your blessings to us this election season, and please bless President-Elect Trump, his family and his advisors with all the wisdom, discernment and love that they need. Please unveil any potential for evil in his cabinet picks and unmask any attempt at unraveling the election results; may all lying perpetrators be unmasked and revealed in their deception. You know what's in the hearts of all men, Lord Jesus, please reveal to President-Elect Trump any man or woman who has deceptive intent in their hearts around him. We are thankful to You Lord...
  • Detroit, Orange County Get New Auxiliary Bishops from Pope Francis

    11/24/2016 12:25:47 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 23, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 23, 2016 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, it was announced that Pope Francis has named two local priests as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and has chosen a priest from Orange County to become an auxiliary bishop for that diocese.Fr. Gerard W. Battersby and Fr. Robert J. Fisher are the priests who will be stepping up as the newest auxiliary bishops in Detroit, while Fr. Timothy E. Freyer will become an auxiliary bishop of Orange.“All of us in the Archdiocese of Detroit are deeply grateful that Pope Francis has named Father Battersby...
  • After Krakow, Mary at heart of Next World Youth Day Gathering [Catholic Caucus]

    11/23/2016 6:56:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 22, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 22, 2016 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced the themes for the next three World Youth Day encounters, which are focused on Mary and form the basis of a spiritual journey culminating in the next global encounter in Panama in 2019.A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the scene of the Annunciation and her Magnificat, spoken after her cousin Elizabeth’s...
  • Cardinal Joseph Zen on the Dangers of Making an Agreement with Communist China

    11/23/2016 6:19:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 11/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 21 November, 2016, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the prominent former bishop of Hong Kong and defender of the loyal Underground Church of China, has given an important interview to the German Bishops’ official website, In it, he describes the dangers of the Vatican’s current policy of working with the Chinese Government while at the same time weakening the Catholic witness of the lay faithful who are not willing to submit themselves to Communist rule. In the following, I shall present, in my own translation, some important parts of this candid interview. When asked why he was critical of...
  • German Protestants Officially Renounce Converting Jews to Christianity

    11/22/2016 6:58:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 11/17/16 | Tom Heneghan
    (RNS) Tackling a delicate issue as it begins its yearlong celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, Germany’s main Protestant church has officially renounced its mission to convert Jews to Christianity. In practice, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), made up of 20 regional Lutheran, Reformed and United churches, mostly gave up efforts to convert Jews in the decades after the Holocaust, and closing that chapter should have been a formality. But officially abandoning the “Judenmission,” or Mission to the Jews, turned out to be theologically complicated. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gave his Apostles the Great Commission to “make disciples of...
  • USCCB president appoints Maronite Catholic bishop as CRS chairman

    11/22/2016 6:58:06 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Catholic ^ | November 22, 2016
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour to be chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency.Bishop Mansour heads the Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn, New York. His appointment is for a three-year term. He succeeds Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, whose three-year term as chairman ended during the U.S. bishops' annual fall general assembly, held Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore."Bishop Mansour's long-standing service in every area of the work of CRS is completed by his pastoral concern for...
  • {Cardinal] Tobin on Amoris: Bishops Should ‘Suck It Up’ and Work Together

    11/22/2016 6:52:07 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Crux ^ | 11/21/16 | John Allen Jr
    New Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told Crux on Monday that when it comes to the pope’s document Amoris Laetita and its provisions on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, U.S. bishops should get together and work out a strategy rather than individually asking the pope for clarifications.ROME - I’ve often said that one of the best ways to know you’re getting old in the Catholic Church is when guys you used to pal around with in Roman bars and restaurants start getting named bishops. By that standard, I suppose, the test of getting really old is when those...
  • Cardinal Cupich is Mistaken: Synod Fathers Did Reject Communion for Remarried Divorcees

    11/22/2016 6:45:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/16 | Edward Pentin
    Critics argue that to say two-thirds of synod fathers supported the proposition is therefore very misleading. Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago fielded about half a dozen questions from reporters after Pope Francis elevated him to the College of Cardinals on Saturday. A question I asked him was about the Dubia, the five doubts about Amoris Laetitia that four cardinals have sent to the Pope to ascertain whether some of the most controversial passages are consistent with Church teaching. Although the Dubia questions ask for a simple “yes” or “no” answer on whether previous magisterial teachings, particularly of Pope St. John...
  • Cardinal Cupich on the Question of Pope’s Animosity Towards JPII Catholics

    11/22/2016 6:14:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/21/16 | John-Henry Westen and Steve Jalsevac
    ROME, November 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Sayings which have made Pope Francis the darling of the liberal media are the condemnations against Catholics whom he pejoratively refers to as “obsessed,” “doctors of the law,” “neo-pelagian,” “self-absorbed,” “restorationist,” “fundamentalist,” “rigid,” “ideological,” “hypocritical,” and much more. So many are the insults felt most by Catholics who hold firm to the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II on life and family that only a couple of years into his pontificate a compilation called “The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults” was developed. Nevertheless, newly elevated Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich says, he’s never...
  • Canon Law on Abortion is Going to Change, says Fisichella

    11/21/2016 5:47:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/21/16 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    The President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation said this during his presentation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera”. “I don’t see why granting the faculty of absolution to priests, who are ministers of reconciliation, should give cause for any concern”. The archbishop announced that over 21 million visited Rome for the Jubilee and thanked the institutions but not the mayor of RomeThe Pope’s decision to make the ability of priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion permanent, means Canon Law is to be updated too. Francis had granted priests this power as an exception...
  • Vatican Chief of Sacraments [Card Sarah]: No Pope Can Change Divine Law on Communion

    11/21/2016 5:24:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/19/16 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, November 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- On the heels of a statement by Pope Francis seeming to suggest openness to non-Catholic Christians receiving Holy Communion, the cardinal who heads the Vatican congregation dealing with the sacraments has said that there are preconditions for the reception of Holy Communion and when those conditions are not met, and the situation is publicly known, ministers of the sacrament “have no right to give him communion.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, added, speaking of priests: “If they do so, their sin will be...
  • Francis: “The Virus of Polarization and Animosity is Among Us”

    11/20/2016 4:44:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/19/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    At today’s Consistory Francis conferred the red biretta on 17 new cardinals: “In God’s heart there are no enemies, He only has sons and daughters. We are the ones who raise walls, build barriers and label people. God does not wait for us to be a little bit better or more perfect before he loves us”. After the celebration, the Pope and the newly created cardinals boarded two minibuses and went to pay Ratzinger a visit“How many situations of uncertainty and suffering are sown by this growing animosity between peoples, between us! Yes, between us, within our communities, our priests,...
  • Will Pope Francis Approve the SSPX on Monday?

    11/19/2016 5:35:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 11/19/16 | Maike Hickson
    As the Italian news agency, ANSA, reports, Pope Francis intends to publish a new Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera” on Monday, 21 November 2016. It will be a document sealing the end of the Year of Mercy and might thus have a special meaning to the Catholic world. German Vatican expert Giuseppe Nardi also reports today on the website an important event that might also take place on Monday: the full acceptance of the Society of St. Pius X as a member of the Catholic Church, with a personal prelature, as has often previously been discussed. This information comes...
  • Pope Francis Dismisses Entire Membership of Pontifical Academy for Life

    11/19/2016 5:15:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 11/19/16 | Maike Hickson
    A shocking new piece of information comes to us from Germany, from the website, which is principally run by the well-informed Vatican expert and loyal Catholic layman, Giuseppe Nardi. He reported on 18 November – the day before the controversial “non-existent” Consistory of Cardinals in Rome – that Pope Francis has decided to re-write the statutes of the Pontifical Academy for Life in a way which essentially re-makes this organization. Relying on a 5 November 2016 report published by the German branch of Vatican Radio, called Radio Vatikan, Nardi has published the new statutes of the Academy. Archbishop Vincenzo...
  • Update on Deaconettes (Catholic)

    11/19/2016 4:06:04 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 19, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Did you remember that the Pope formed a Committee to study the question of female deacons?  Deaconettes?Right.  Not exactly on the top of the list of things to think about.Archbishop Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, the Secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is the one who is running, at the behest of the Pope, the Committee on Deaconettes.   He is rather retiring, so this interview at ZENIT is interesting, to say the least.There were questions on other topics, but this one requires special attention. INTERVIEW: Feminine Diaconate: ‘Only Study, No Decisions Right Away,’ Says Archbishop Ladaria[…]ZENIT:...
  • Interview: Feminine Diaconate: ‘Only Study, No Decisions Right Away,’ Says Archbishop Ladaria

    11/18/2016 4:35:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 11/18/16 | Silvio Giamperi
    Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Reflects on Role of Ecumenism in Pope Francis’ PontificateThe opening of the new academic year took place in the Aula Magna of the Marchigiano Theological Institute of Ancona. Archbishop Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was invited to give the inaugural address on ‘Justification through Faith in Relation to the Ecumenical Dialogue.’ Here is an interview done with him on that occasion: **** In light of Pope Francis’ recent meeting with the Lutheran world, what is at present the status quaestionis of the...
  • Orthodox Patriarchate [Alexandria] Moves to Restore Female Deacons

    11/18/2016 4:21:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/17/16 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    As I noted earlier, yesterday I took part in a panel discussion with America Media on the subject of deacons in general and women deacons in particular. This morning, one of the panelists, George Demacopoulos, theologian and founding co-director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University,, passed along a timely item from the Orthodox (which has been translated by Google from the original Greek). The big news, from George: “News broke this morning that the Patriarchate of Alexandria (which is the autocephalous head of Orthodox, Chalcedonian Christians in Africa) officially voted to restore the female diaconate.” The story:On...
  • New Film Shows How Mercy Can Transform Your Life

    11/17/2016 11:22:13 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 17, 2016 | N/A
    Bridgeport, Conn., Nov 17, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today will be the focus of a new Catholic-produced documentary that will air on ABC affiliates across the United States.“These testimonies remind us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion or theological concept – it is alive, it is present, and it is a force that can transform the world,” Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said Nov. 14. The one-hour film “The Face of Mercy” depicts mercy as the antidote to evil even in great difficulty. Narrated...
  • Iran's House Church Movement Witnessing 'Astounding' Growth; Hundreds Being Baptized

    11/16/2016 10:32:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/16/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The underground church movement in Iran is growing despite the Islamic regime's crackdown on Christians. Hundreds are being baptized in large ceremonies and people are praising Jesus for saving them from despair and suicide, according to Christian ministries working in the region. Elam Ministries reported earlier this week that more than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in a large service just outside the Islamic Republic of Iran, with eight different Persian-speaking churches attending. The group said that 20 years ago, estimates put the number of believers in Iran at only 2,000–5,000 people, but new statistics are saying there could...
  • Cardinal Burke: We Will Make ‘Formal Act of Correction’ if Pope Doesn’t Issue Amoris Clarification

    11/16/2016 4:06:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 151 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/16/18 | Dan Hitchens
    The cardinal said there was a tradition of issuing a formal correction if a Pope is in errorCardinal Raymond Burke has said it may be necessary to make a “formal act of correction” if Pope Francis doesn’t answer a letter from four cardinals asking him to clarify aspects of Amoris Laetitia. In an interview with Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register, Cardinal Burke said that if the Pope were to teach error or heresy, “It is the duty in such cases, and historically it has happened, of cardinals and bishops to make clear that the Pope is teaching error and...
  • Outspoken Pro-Life Cardinal DiNardo Becomes New President of the Nation’s Catholic Bishops

    11/15/2016 7:11:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | November 15, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected a new president who has a strong commitment to the sanctity of life on Tuesday. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, leader of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas, was elected to a three-year term as president of the bishops’ organization, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The bishops also elected Cardinal Jose Gomez of Los Angeles as vice president, the report states. DiNardo previously served as the vice president and as the chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the USCCB. One of his duties as the new president will be to guide U.S. Catholic...
  • Card Burke on Exhortation: A Document This Confusing ‘Can't be Part of Church’s Perennial Teaching’

    11/15/2016 7:21:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/14/16
    November 14, 2016 (CatholicAction) -- Today four cardinals released a historic letter they had written to Pope Francis in September asking him to clarify his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which has been interpreted by numerous Church leaders to allow practices that violate the Church's traditional teaching and practice. Catholic Action for Faith and Family has published today an exclusive interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the four, in which he explains the letter and why he considered it a duty to publish it. LifeSiteNews publishes it here with their kind permission. Catholic Action: Your Eminence, thank you for taking...
  • LGBT Activist Takes Protest to Altar During U.S. Bishops’ Mass

    11/15/2016 7:12:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/14/16 | Claire Chretien
    BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An excommunicated Catholic priest and LGBT activist stormed the altar during the homily at a U.S. bishops' Mass on Monday evening to protest Church doctrine on homosexuality. Video from the Archdiocese of Baltimore shows the man entering the sanctuary and kissing the altar--something a priest does at the beginning of Mass--and then unfurling a sign. The sign's full message is not clear in the video, which then turned away from the protester. An observer tweeted that the sign asked the Catholic Church to "stop persecuting gays."According to Vatican observer Rocco Palmo, it was...
  • New Film Asks: Was Malachi Martin an Exorcist or an Exhibitionist?

    11/14/2016 5:51:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/14/16 | K.V. Turley
    The documentary "Hostage to the Devil" lets viewers make their own judgments about whether the controversial former priest and best-selling author was a sinner or saint, an exorcist or showman, a prophet or sophist.A new film has as its subject Malachi Martin, an Irishman who was, by turns, Jesuit priest, professor at a Pontifical Institute in Rome, layman, bestselling author, talk show guest, celebrity. From the 1970s, he also claimed to be part of an underground network of unofficial ‘exorcists’. As charismatic as he would prove beguiling, as intellectual as he appeared pious, Martin was, above all, controversial, and remains...
  • Pope: “It is the Communists Who Think Like Christians”

    11/12/2016 2:57:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 104 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 11/11/16 | Steve Skojec
    During this week where Americans have been distracted by the unexpected upset of a presidential election that could very well change the course of our collective future, Pope Francis has been busy making political statements of his own. In yet another interview with Eugenio Scalfari (see our standard rebuttal to “you can’t trust Scalfari!” here), this exchange was reported to have taken place: "You told me some time ago that the precept, “Love your neighbour as thyself” had to change, given the dark times that we are going through, and become “more than thyself.” So you yearn for a society...
  • ‘It Was Both a Joy and a Burden’: Extracts from Benedict XVI’s Last Testament

    11/11/2016 3:57:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    In these extracts from his new book-length interview, the Pope Emeritus reflects on his ‘guillotine’ election, his achievements as Pope and his tendency to ‘think too much’Why did you not name yourself John Paul III? I felt that would be inappropriate, because a standard had been set there which I couldn’t match. I could not be a John Paul III. I was a different character, cut from a different cloth; I had a different sort of charisma, or rather a non-charisma. Suddenly: Christ’s vicar on earth. What inner change was going on there?Yes, there was the thought: no, I need still...
  • ‘I Don’t Judge Politicians’: Pope Francis Skirts Trump Question

    11/11/2016 3:54:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/11/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said he simply wanted to understand the suffering that politicians 'cause to the poor'Pope Francis has declined to offer any comment about Donald Trump in a new interview, but said he was concerned about how political policies may affect the lives of the poor. The interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica, was conducted on November 7, prior to the US election. When asked for his opinion on Trump, the Pontiff said: “I don’t judge people and politicians, I simply want to understand what kinds of suffering they cause to the poor and the...
  • Diocese of Amarillo Opens Investigation into Fr. Pavone’s Actions

    11/10/2016 7:29:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/8/16 | Elizabth Scalia
    Decries video as "against the dignity of human life and is a desecration of the altar"Earlier today we wrote about the actions of Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, who placed an aborted fetus on an altar while delivering a homily that involved electioneering regarding today’s election. Now, Bishop Patrick J. Zurek of the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, has announced that he is opening an investigation into Fr. Pavone and his actions, writing: Priests for Life, Inc., is not a Catholic institution, but a civil organization, and it is not under the control or supervision of the Diocese...
  • Vatican Nativity Scene to Highlight Care for Migrants, Sick, Environment

    11/10/2016 7:24:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Compass ^ | 11/9/16 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene will feature unique designs and decorations highlighting several issues close to Pope Francis, including care for the environment, the sick and migrants. An 82-foot spruce tree will be the centerpiece of the Vatican’s Christmas holidays, the governing office of Vatican City said. The tree will be harvested Nov. 13 in the Lagorai forest near Scurelle in the northern province of Trent and will benefit from a unique gesture in keeping with the pope’s call for the care of creation: Elementary school students “will plant nearly 40 new spruce and larch...
  • Pope: Pontifical Academy for Life Members no Longer Required to Sign Pro-Life Declaration

    11/10/2016 7:19:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/10/16 | Jan Bentz
    ROME, Italy, November 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life will no longer be required to sign a declaration that they uphold the Church’s pro-life teachings. In new statutes for the Vatican body promulgated on November 4, Pope Francis has also expanded its mandate to include a focus on the environment. Pope Francis approved the statutes last month, the Vatican website announced. Previous statutes were issued in 2004 and enumerate the “specific tasks” (§2) of the Academy in three points: to “study questions and issues connected with the promotion and defense of human life from an...
  • Is Cardinal Sarah Being Silenced?

    11/08/2016 4:41:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/8/16 | Ja Bentz
    ROME, November 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Is Cardinal Robert Sarah slowly being silenced? An indication of such a development surfaced with the cardinal’s withdrawal from participating in a congress in Germany. After the recent overhaul of the Vatican liturgy office, which Cardinal Sarah heads, he is now backing out of public appearances. In a press release by the Kölner international Liturgische Tagung (International Liturgical Conference of Cologne), Father Guido Rodheudt, conference organizer, explained that Cardinal Sarah “regrettably had to cancel his participation in the 18th Liturgical conference” in 2017. This news came as a surprise since the Cardinal had three...
  • The [British] Government Thinks Conservative Christians are ‘Extremists’, Says Justin Welby

    11/08/2016 4:33:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/8/16 | Staff Reporter
    Archbishop Justin Welby has said Government officials dismiss Christians as 'a bit bonkers'Archbishop Justin Welby has warned that Government officials know so little about religion that conservative evangelicals would be counted as extremists by their own definition. The most senior cleric of the Church of England said the Government can see no difference between Muslim extremists and traditionalist Christians so both groups are dismissed as “a bit bonkers”. His comments came in an address to head teachers of Church of England school in the Anglican Diocese of Bath and Wells. The Telegraph quoted Archbishop Welby as saying: “Our Government generally...
  • Priest Blames Italy Quakes on Gay Civil Unions, Undeterred by Vatican’s Scolding

    11/07/2016 5:10:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    RT ^ | 11/6/16
    A priest in Italy has refused to backtrack from his claim that the country’s recent earthquakes were punishment for civil unions between gay couples despite criticism from the Vatican’s top cleric. Fr Giovanni Cavalcoli made his controversial statement last week, the day Italy was struck by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake, the worst to hit the country in more than three decades. He told radio station Radio Maria the quake was “divine punishment” for “the offence to the family and the dignity of marriage, in particular through civil unions”. Italy passed legislation to allow civil unions between same sex couples in...
  • Governor Pence's Message to Pastors and Churches

    11/06/2016 6:18:41 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    A succinct reminder to all people of faith in this country.
  • Poland, China and the Catholic Church Under Communism

    11/06/2016 5:42:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/4/16 | Fr. Raymond de Souza
    COMMENTARY: What Worked in Poland May Not Work in ChinaA Holy See-China accord, which would lead to the establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing, would presumably allow the underground Church and the patriotic Church to unite and freely practice the faith. How free will that be? Reports that a rapprochement between the Holy See and the communist government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have grown more hopeful — or foreboding — in recent weeks. Since the PRC set up an official “patriotic Church” in the aftermath of Mao’s 1949 revolution, Catholics in China have been divided. There are...